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A French-Inspired Garden and Home by Judith Stringham

A-Tisket, A-Tasket, A-Basket

Sunday, March 23, 2014


Spring is the time of the year when there 
are baskets everywhere. 
Baskets with plants, baskets with rabbits, 
with candy, with flowers, 
with linens, books, 

One of my favorite blogs to read 
recently shared nine ways to use baskets. 
Looking around my house, 
I saw baskets used most of the ways listed, 
but also am using baskets one or two ways not listed. 

I had forgotten I had this blue basket. 
It had been in a guest bedroom upstairs, 
but when that bedroom was rearranged last year, 
this basket was moved to my office loft, 
and forgotten. 
Until yesterday when I was de-cluttering. 

As I walked down the stairs swinging the basket, 
(is there any other way to carry a basket with a handle?)
my mind was mulling over where I could use it. 

Perfect for this time of year when baskets are everywhere. 
Perfect for a little Easter display on the dining table. 

Another of my favorite bloggers has been doing a 
series on tablescaping, 
and I have been doing some serious 
studying of her stunning arrangements. 
Analyzing, comparing her compositions, 
noting camera angles, looking for common elements, etc... 
So, what better way to practice what I was learning 
than to create a display in the basket? 

Stock, snapdragons, and baby's breath, 
all from the grocery store floral department,  
fill a small blue and white stoneware pitcher. 
I continue to be drawn to white and 
started out trying to keep this all blue and white. 

Then I decided to use the iron rabbit painted a 
 soft yellow-y cream and wearing multi-colored ribbons. 

Many years ago I found two cups and saucers that 
had the perfect colors for the upstairs guest bedroom in 
which the basket had been. 
The colors were now perfect for tying together 
the rabbit, the basket, and the stoneware pitcher. 

Au revoir, white and blue only. 

Now the question became, 
how do I position the saucers so they will stand up? 
Place two faux green hyacinth plants behind the saucers 
and prop the saucers' bottom edges next to the rabbit. 
These faux green hyacinth plants include bulbs with roots 
and came from the Maison & Objet Trade Show in Paris, France, 
September 2011. 

The two cups are stacked together, but at first I could not get the top 
cup to lean over so its pattern would be visible. 
Solution #2... 
Insert a folded piece of stiff paper into the bottom cup 
on which the top cup could sit at an angle 
and not slide so deeply into the bottom cup. 

A-tisket, a-tasket, 
what do you have in your basket? 


Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

Love what you did to the basket and the cup and saucers are so pretty. Just right for spring.

DREAMS ON 34th STREET ~ French Bread & Family said...

Your beautiful " basket bleu" sings Spring, my friend!

Art and Sand said...

A tisket a tasket, a beautiful blue basket.

You have me thinking ideas for some bunnies hidden in the attic.

Thanks for the inspiration.

Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

Baskets are nice for home decor and I have wicker, ceramic, glass and metal ones. Your old blue basket looks charming with the spring display in it.

Lois Arnold said...

Very lovely, Judith! Your basket bleu looks perfect! Thank you for sharing a few "tricks of the trade" such as the folded cardboard in the cup! Have an awesome day!

Nancy said...

Your basket is so charming, Judith. The colors and accessories are perfect. You inspire me to get have a spring fling here.

Lori said...

We are partying together at Kims. Love how grocery store florals can brighten up anything. Love the arrangement!

Cynthia said...

I can't stop looking at those pretty white flowers! Something about the fresh green of the stems and leaves and the white blooms, at this time of year, is so very welcome to my winter-weary eyes. . .I live in Northern Ohio and it has been a long, long, long winter. Your images are quite lovely.

Sarah said...

This is so pretty! I sold many of my baskets in our September garage sale. They were cluttering the attic and my husband encouraged me to let go of many of them. Now that Easter is near, I may regret that decision. Ha!
Who is doing the series on tablescapes and uses of baskets? I don't want to miss it.

Patty Wiles said...

Very pretty!

One More Time Events said...

Stopping by to thank you for sharing at One More Time Events and let you know you have been featured! This weeks Party is Open!!! Hope to see you again this week… Tammy

Patricia Krank said...

Simply gorgeous! I love your dishes and that sweet bunny. Thanks for sharing and have a great weekend.
P.S. Congrats on being featured at One More Time

Botanic Bleu said...

Thank you for featuring the little forgotten basket. I am tickled pink!


Debra Oliver said...

so beautiful, I love that amazing blue!!

Chubby Chieque said...

What a lovely floral settings.

So simple but you have that classy touch that make everything's perfect.

Have a nice weekend.

Greetings from Stockholm,
/CC girl